Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Program

* Effective May 2019, we are no longer requiring the TEAS for the LVN program.

This will be a predominately weeknight/weekend program.  During the Fall and Spring semesters the schedule will include a Tuesday evening class for 4.5 hours, and Saturday clinical for approximately 8 hours.  The more condensed Summer session may include some day hours.

Please Note:  This schedule is subject to change without notice.

The Licensed Vocational Nursing Program at MiraCosta College was founded in January 1965, and is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.  The curriculum is designed to prep the Certified Nursing Assistant to function as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.  Students must complete 1536 hours in classroom and clinical experience in order to be eligible to take the state board examination.

California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Dr. Suite 205; Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7843

Our graduates have a 94% pass rate on the State Board Exam!

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program have successfully found employment.  The annual salary for Licensed Vocational Nurses, according to the Department of Labor May, 2018  is approximately $42,000.  They may seek employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, public health agencies or various governmental agencies.  The Licensed Vocational Nurse may also work at private duty in hospitals or homes.

Associate Degree

You may receive an associate degree upon completion of additional course requirements as listed in the college catalog.

Course Content

MiraCosta College meets the state requirements by providing a minimum of 1536 hours of training prior to qualifying for LVN licensure.

The following content will be covered in this program:  Nutrition, gerontology, communicable disease, medical-surgical nursing, oncological nursing, mental health nursing, perioperative nursing,  integumentary, and neurosensory systems, orthopedic nursing and rehabilitation.  Content further includes care of patients with circulatory, hematological, respiratory, endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.  Obstetrics and pediatric nursing as well as home health care and genito-urinary nursing is covered as well as leadership, supervision and entry into practice skills.


Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the MiraCosta College LVN Program applicants must be 17 years of age or older, and have the following:

Detailed information can be found in the LVN Application Packet.

*Note: If you have any convictions on your background check in the last 7 years, you will not be eligible to start the program.

Admission Policy

Complete applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Upon submission of a completed application packet, you will be informed for which semester you are scheduled to attend.

Application Process

Applications are available in the Nursing and Allied Health Department Bldg. T420 or can be downloaded from the link above.  Complete application packets must be submitted in person to the Allied Health Occupations secretary in Bldg. T420. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. 


Residency laws require that a student 1) reside in California for a period of one year immediately preceding the opening date of the term, and 2) provide evidenced intent of residency in California or be subject to nonresident tuition.  Please see class schedule for detailed information.


Students should plan on spending approximately $2800 during the LVN Program for tuition, uniforms, books, and the required physical examination and immunizations.  Since the clinical portion of the program is taught at local hospitals, students must have reliable transportation to these sites and should budget for these expenses.

Scholarships and loans are available for qualified students. Contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.

Courses listed are subject to change.  Please check requirements with the department chair or a MiraCosta College counselor.

MiraCosta College is committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.  Individuals with verifiable disabilities may be accommodated with advance notice.